Q: So you see yourself as a sinner?
A: Yes. I fail and do things that I wish I didn’t do.
Q: Such as?
A: I’m unkind on occasion, and I am selfish. For me, embracing the Christian faith is something that I do not because I am good but because I am not good, because I need help.
Q: Why? Do you drink?
A: I drink probably a quart or two a day, but not of alcohol! I don’t consume alcohol at all. I’ve never had a mixed drink.
Q: Have you ever smoked a cigarette?
A: No. I puffed on a cigar one time, and it just made my mouth feel like someone had shot a cobweb all inside my mouth.
Q: In addition to songwriting, you dabble in the visual arts. What sort of work do you do?
A: I make barbed-wire sculpture.
Q: Why barbed wire?
A: Because there was a surplus of it on my farm.
Q: Well, thank you for making time for this interview.
A: I just hope that in meeting people, they’ll understand that I am not as bad as they thought I was.
— John Ashcroft, October 16, 2006.
I could not make this up if I wanted to …